- Apply the principles of animal behavioural science while studying how animals relate to each other and to their environment.
- Research an animal’s methods of communication, instinctual responses, learning methods, behavioural psychology, and group interaction skills.
- Investigate whether a behaviour exhibited by an animal is normal or problematic.
- Train domestic animals and assist with the modification of behavioural problems.
- Provide professional advice to producers in regards of how to properly, safely, and efficiently handle animals.
- Ethologists in academia teach university students, supervise lab activities, as well as conduct and publish their own research findings.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, especially with teaching and creating reports and research papers
- Attention to detail, critical thinking
- High motivation and eagerness to learn more about animal behaviour and ethology
- Ability to work hard and sacrifice other commitments for research and academic purposes
- Strong academic record and dedication to work involved
Education and Training:
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree is required in some jobs in animal behaviour. Most careers in animal behaviour require advanced degrees, sometimes a Master of Arts or of Science, but usually a doctorate degree with a concentration in animal behaviour. Advanced coursework at the graduate level tends to include learning theory, comparative and experimental psychology, and physiology.